Senator Patrick Leahy

State Vermont
Party Democratic
Term 7th
Committees Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry; Appropriations; Judiciary (Chair); Rules and Administraions; President Pro Tempore; Joint Committee on the Library
Quote from Website "As an avid scuba diver, Senator Leahy has a great love for our oceans and the sea life that inhabits them. Once considered a limitless and inexhaustible resource, our oceans are now in jeopardy from the demands of a growing population that has depleted ocean and coastal resources.”


Leadership: In his role as Chairman of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Leahy has led the support for funding the Coral Triangle Initiative, which preserves coastal, littoral and reef resources in a sensitive habitat that is rich in biodiversity. He has also worked to address marine invasive species and received a perfect score from the League of Conservation Voters the past two years. Senator Leahy has been a true champion for Lake Champlain, directing $80 million to clean up and protect the “sixth Great Lake.” He introduced the Omnibus Mercury Act, a comprehensive mercury pollution control bill. Senator Leahy has also taken a leadership role in responding to the BP Gulf Oil Spill. He said that the spill shows the need for a comprehensive energy strategy driven by renewable energy. He has urged the Obama administration to greatly expand the amount of information agencies are releasing about the spill, and recently signed onto a letter seeking to block Transocean from issuing $1 billion in dividends to its shareholders at a time when they need to cover their liabilities in the Gulf.

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